10th February 2018 Registered AR, Express Members Displays
by Len Stanway
AR, EXPRESS & INSURED Members displays
February 10th 2018
Present: Malcolm Clarke,
Peter Cockburn, Nick Hervey, Mac McClaren, Brian McGovern, Dominic Morris,
Mike Padmore, Gordon Peters, Martin Roper, Len Stanway, Carl Stott, Michael
Waugh. Guest: Ann Stanway Apologies: Nick Hackney
Malcolm Clarke opened
proceedings with a complete round of Straits Settlements Registered mail,
his main focus being different types of label and postal stationery envelopes.
He began with an 1880 cover to Cambridge, franked at five times the 8
cents rate. He noted that this rate did not change till 1903, when it
was reduced to 5 cents.
Frame 2 included a couple of late Victorian covers, one with Singapore
transit and NEI agent marks. The rest were Edward VII examples (Malcolm
observed there was not a lot of material from that era). These included
the first AR mark in his collection, from 1908, number of different types
of AR stamps and an example of a first printed Registration label from
Up till 1922, he noted that most popular sizes of registered envelope
were F and G. He showed an H and an H2 (elongated H) but did not have
a used Straits Settlements K size, though he would display some States
examples of that size later. Unused, he noted, were not too difficult
to find but used were more difficult.
Frame 5 included a German Consulate cover with red eagle imprint on its
back from 20 MY 1939; several 12 cents covers with additional adhesives
after the rate increase to 15 cents but before new stationery became available;
and a KNILM first flight cover franked with Selangor, Pahang and Negri
Sembilan stamps. Malcolm noted that AR covers were less comon during WW2.
He pondered whether U-boat losses might partially explain this, as after
the fall of Ftance, mail for GB took the Horseshoe Route and then travelled
by boat up West African coast. He observed that the Clipper/Atlantic route
was opened partly as a result of this.
Frame 7 showed Johore material, including a 1976 handstamp. Frame 8, featured
Posted out of Course material - items that should have been handed over
a PO counter (and a receipt obtained) but which may have simply been posted
in a drop box. If there was evidence of the intention to register, the
postal authorities would try to treat such item as registered, as far
as practicable. He diplayed a variety of P.o.o.C handstamps, some boxed
and others not, from Singapore and various states.
The next frame featured later material followed by Taxe marks applied
where it looked as if a full registration fee had not paid (e.g. stamps
affixed to an envelope’s back but not noticed).
Malcolm continued his display into Round 2 with seven examples of insured
covers. The earliest label he had was from 1920, though he was aware that
examples existed before then. His second frame featured Express material,
including the earliest example he had from the Jap Occ period, and his
display concluded with examples of postal stationery uprated for Registration,
including a reply paid postcard!
Mike Padmore followed
on with a frame of FMS registered material. This included envelopes (predominantly
size F and G) covering the gradual increase in the registration fee plus
ordinary covers registered, many bearing AR handstamps. A 1903 5 cents
registered envelope was uprated by two 5 cents adhesives with distinctively
different shades. He echoed Malcolm’s earlier comment that a fair
amount of registered mail seems to have been refused, displaying one example
with contents that were a formal demand for payment - an obviously unwelcome
message. A 1926 registered cover from KL to India had been returned with
no less than sixteen cancels and handstamps and four handwritten messages,
including three DLO stamps, the final one from KL.
His second frame showed a variety of AR cards ranging from early buff
FMS examples from 1925 and 1933, through to the more usual pink cards
of later eras, including a 1949 BMA period card where the content had
obviously been transcribed literally word for word from a Great Britain
example. He noted that P & T code for the card never changed, even
when the design did, though the individual printing indent (and sometimes
quantity ordered) was always shown separately on each design.
Gordon Peters completed
the second round with three frames. He began with a registered postcard
with handstruck marks including one for the Agri-Horticultural Show 1910,
followed by a curiosity - a 1941 cover from Butterworth bearing two different
censor marks with the same number. Gordon observed that there appeared
to be a system by which the pre-printed receipts for registered items
bore a letter corresponding with the letter on the registration label,
but he was unsure as to how this was system was impleted. He also displayed
some covers with handstruck registration etiquettes, possibly used when
an office was running short of labels.
Frame 7 featured material from Singapore sub-offices, including a Recomandée
stamp on a Sea View Hotel envelope. Gordon pondered, but could not explain
how the sender would have got a receipt. Also displayed were Chartered
Bank of India and E&O Hotel envelopes bearing handstruck marks.
Frame 9, the final one of the Round, featured a 1925 Singapore “Advice
of Delivery” card and a 1900 German AR card sent with an item together
with a little envelope in which to return the card. Gordon observed that
he had no Insured and Registered material but he was able to show AR and
Express and AR and Insured material plus some examples where Posted out
of Course stamps had been reduced to the initials POOC, including a cover
endorsed by a P.O.O.C. FOUND BY .... AND SENT TO DESTINATION hand stamp
and another stamped Pengeposam Luar Haluan, a phrase which he noted refered
to the bows of a ship.
Dominic Morris began
Round 3 with four frames of George VI material, opening with an incoming
Hong Kong cover featuring Non Reclamé and Retour cachets and a
1940 Seremban to Aden cover with both Malayan and Aden censor marks. His
second frame featured some ex Malcolm Wade material with a variety of
registered labels including Batu Gajah, Hutan Melingtan, Ipoh East, Menglembu,
Pankor Island and Selama plus Ipoh hand struck over Kalumpeng and Pengalan
Kampas labels. His later display featured pre-war material, including
a philatelic cover with $3.29 franking and a Perak cover with Kanji overprints.
Michael Waugh continued
the Round with a 12 June 1888 Singapore Registered cover, sent via Marseilles
to Duke of Parma (father of Zita, last Empress of Austria) and cancelled
with blue octagonal Ligne 3 cancels and violet chops of the Austro-Hungarian
Consulate. A 1.7.1895 Registered cover from Penang to Honolulu featured
a very early red AR handstamp plus Singapore & Hong Kong receivers
on its reverse. He observed that philatelic Registered covers often got
got cleaner cancels. A 5.9.1901 Singapore Registered cover to the Hague
took 24 days in transit, the fastest line at the time was Nord Deutscher
which discharged Europe mail at Brindisi.
His sixth frame showed a series of ten large sized Registered letters
from Singapore to Thorngumbald near Hull, several cut down to the franking,
from between 1901 and 1907, (Peter Cockburn noted very nice combinations
of late Victoria stamps as well as Edward VII stamps added to values of
between $1 and $2.) His seventh frame included a 10 Aug 1917 Dutch seaman’s
Registered letter ex Singapore to Haarlem, received 3.10.17 with ship
name KPM Melchior Traub in manuscript on the letter flap. It had been
GB censored. Michael remarked that similar mail from the N.E.I. was often
not received till after the end of WWI.
Further material included a 25.2.1897 Klang multi franked Windrath cover
with 2 additional stamps possibly added ex facto; an early receipt for
a registered letter, dated 13.4.98 at KL (Proud D2); a 22.11.27 AR card
to Kuala Lipis ex Rangoon; a 21.2.1910 Registered article receipt from
Kulim (Kedah) with a Siamese/English CDS; and a 2 Nov 1938 Air Mail Registered
cover to Philadelphia, by air to London then by ship from UK.
Len Stanway opened
the fourth Round with 1898 Registration Forms, a Registered parcel label
and a Jap Occ Express postcard, followed by two “Bureau de Post”
AR cards to the 1959 design but post 1963 printing and several examples
of Registered labels on Tyvek plastic envelopes (including an envelope
with blue colour ommitted).
He then displayed a range of more contemporary labels following on from
the last day of conventional registration. He noted that the initial new
designs were considered too big and were subsequently reduced in size.
Their colour coding was:
Red for domestic use (including postage in the purchase price),
Blue for international post (the Registration fee only, no postage included),
Green for Interdepartmental post,
RF pink for incoming Registered items with non-UPU compliant barcodes,
RP red series for agencies which were exempt from postage but did pay
a Registration fee (later changed to brown on the smaller label),
Yellow for AR.
Several blue label examples showed adhesive labels stuck over old values
as the fee was progressively raised from R3.90 to R4.00, then to R4.60.
His display concluded with a July 2008 AR card with a Pos Malaysia Recomandée
label, an anonymous large format label (late 1980s) for handstamping,
found on some incoming mail eg. a February 1960 cover from Siberia to
Peter Cockburn followed
with, of course, some BMA material, beginning with AR marks from a variety
of Perak offices. He felt there were still a number of AR marks to be
collated and/or identified. Malcom Clarke asked Peter if ne’d noticed
any peak in AR mail in Septtember/October 1946, and Peter posited that
that may be true, perhaps driven by a lot of post war debt collection?
Peter continued a Johore AR mark in red; another AR card with GB text
from the 1947 printing; a single Express label from KL; several blank
Registration labels endorsed by rubber chops from Alor Star, Ipoh East,
Lahat, Raub, Sungei Patani, plus two with the blank completed in script
from Selima and Kampar
Finally, Peter concluded the afternoon with an Airmail cover to Kuching
found in a dropbox and a Registered cover from Sungei Patani using a provisional
R plus town name stamp in a hand drawn box and a Pengkalam Kompas label
overwritten Batu Rd.
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